The Casting Process
What is a Casting?
A casting is where you go for an audition to measure your suitability of a role or shoot. The casting is performed in front a Casting Director (CD) and/or a Production Team and may involve reading from a script, performing or for an informal chat.
What types of castings are there?
PHOTOGRAPHIC - This type of casting may involve measuring your height, trying on clothing and taking photographs.
TV & FILM - This type of casting may involve reading a pre-memorised script, acting and you will be filmed on the day.
What happens when you are selected to attend a casting?
- We will contact you by phone or email if you have been selected for a casting.
- We will give you all the information you will need, including date, time, place and travel details. If there are wardrobe requirements or lines to be learnt you will be notified in advance.
- In some instances, and always after the event, you may get an allowance of between £10-£21to cover your travel costs.
- After you have attended the casting, we will only contact you if you have been selected by the Casting Director. Most jobs class this stage as a 'pencil' which means you have been shortlisted for either a recall or a job offer.
- We will notify you if your 'pencil' has been released or confirmed.
- If you are confirmed and under 16 years old, we will need to obtain a Licence on your behalf from your local council.
- Thereafter, we will provide you information relating to the rate, location and call time for the shoot.
- Be prompt and allow plenty of time to navigate public transport, find the venue, park (if applicable), sign in and get yourself and your child organised! The casting time given by us will be the time that the client has requested to see your child, so you must be waiting ready in the waiting area at this time. If the time stated is anytime between a particular period, then you can arrive anytime between the times given, but not before or after!
- Ensure your child wears nice clean plain/casual and comfortable clothing, unless otherwise requested. Not anything they wouldn’t usually wear, their usual day-to-day clothing or if rushing straight from school, uniform is fine too, this will make them feel as comfortable as possible. A clean face and clean and tidy hair, hands and nails are a must (unless specified, girls hair should be left brushed loose).
- Ensure only one parent/guardian chaperones each child, with no additional friends/family or children. The casting suites are generally very small and cannot hold additional people. If you have somebody else with you, please ask them to wait outside. This shows professionalism.
- Feel free to ask us the fees for the job beforehand, and if the client is paying any casting fees. Clients unfortunately never reimburse travel for castings. If there is a casting fee, an invoice is sent to the client within 10 days of the job being completed. Once received, clients may take up to 6 months to pay an invoice. Your child will be paid directly into their bank account by the Agency within 10 days of the Agency receiving cleared funds from the client.
- Always Double check you are available for the shoot dates for the job you are attending the casting for, as we wouldn’t want to waste your time or that of the clients.
- Particularly for younger children, ensure you have adequate food/drink and a book/toy with you to keep your child occupied in case the client is running late and you are kept waiting.
- Make sure you have our Agency details to hand, so that should you be asked to fill out a form on arrival to the casting, you have our contact details to provide where applicable. Many forms may also ask for your child’s measurements, so it is a very good idea to note your child’s measurements beforehand, as well as shoe size.
After the casting, the client will generally only get back to us if they wish to book any of our children or young adults, otherwise they do not get back to each agent with individual feedback on each child, unless under special circumstances. Unfortunately this means that if you do not hear from the Agency after the casting, then unfortunately the client has not been back in touch in regards to your child. If your child is attending a casting it is because the client has specifically requested to see them, having viewed their photographs and details on our website. This is why it is vital all measurements, details and photographs on our website are accurate at all times. Any other questions or queries, please feel free to pop us an email or contact us. Most of all relax and be yourself, good luck!